Grand Valley State University

Highlight of UAS Meeting of February 3, and
Preview of ECS Meeting of February 10, 2023

In an effort to improve communication between ECS/UAS and faculty colleagues, the Executive Committee of the Senate (ECS) at its August 17, 2022, retreat reaffirmed a recommendation from August 12, 2021, that each week, a general message will be sent out to all faculty. This message will highlight the immediate past ECS/UAS meeting and give a preview of the upcoming ECS/UAS meeting. In particular, the highlight will summarize the key agenda items and provide context on the key votes; the pros and cons will be summarized and the key arguments for each highlighted. Herein are the highlights of the UAS meeting of February 3, and a preview of the ECS meeting of February 10, 2023. Meetings of the ECS are restricted to members of the ECS, their alternates, and others whom the ECS may invite, pursuant to SG Meetings of the UAS are open pursuant to SG
Highlights of UAS Meeting of February 3, 2023
Chair’s Report:
  • The faculty members appointed to the University Technology Council (UTC) were shared.
  • The Title IX external review will occur this semester, with opportunities to provide feedback to the external reviewers sometime in April.
  • The theme of the 2022-23 UAS Newsletter is Lakers Ready for Equity and Sustainability. The deadline to submit an article to Chair Ngassa is March 15.
  • Relevant bylaws language on UAS responsibilities and ECS/UAS agenda from our Shared Governance Policies was shared:  SG, SG, SG, SG
  • The Council for New Programs/New Academic Units (NPC) voted to support a New Program Prospectus: Film and Video Production Minor.
  • ECS acted on behalf of UAS on the APSC Memo on Late Withdrawal Policy and the FFPC Memo on Authorship Guidelines for Collaborative Scholarship. ECS voted to support, and recommendation was sent to the Provost.
Provost’s Report:
  • Per census data, we are down in headcount by 2.5% compared to last winter. We are reversing the decline.
Student Senate President’s Report:
  • President’s Ball was a success and Student Senate is happy that this tradition has returned.
  • Student Senate is working on restructuring the proposal for stipends.
  • Student Senate will attend the United Student Government Conference.
  • Student Senate is circulating petitions for students to be placed on ballot. The deadline is February 24th at 5 pm.
  • Student Senate is working on the State of the Student Body, which is being planned for this February.
New Business:
  • Michelle Rhodes, Associate Vice President for Financial Aid, presented an update on the new scholarship system.
  • Greg Sanial, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Craig Wieschhorster,
    Associate Vice President for Business & Finance,
    presented on the university budget.
  • Kristin Meyer, Associate Dean, Collections, Digital Strategy, and Strategic Organizational Development, Annie Bélanger, Dean of University Libraries, and Cara Cadena, Head of Scholarship and Digital Collections, presented on the University Libraries Collection Strategy.
  • The Graduate Council (GC) changes to the 8-Year Time Limit Policy, which would apply the policy to badges and certificates, was supported.
  • The Academic Policies and Standards Committee (APSC) recommended changes to the academic freedom policy were supported.
  • The Faculty Salary and Budget Committee (FSBC) recommended changes to extra compensation and independent studies compensation were supported.
  • The FSBC recommendation to increase the minimum for adjunct pay was supported.
  • The FSBC recommendation that special salary adjustments would have documentation and promotion increments be adjusted annually was supported.
  • The FSBC recommendation to increase the promotional increment for affiliate faculty from 1000 to 5000 was supported.
Open Comment:
  • The Roger That! Conference is scheduled for Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11. More information is available at
For more details on the above items, please go here.
Preview of ECS Meeting of February 10, 2023
  • Presentation on Laker Lines
  • Update from the FARES Task Force
  • Student Senate Memo on Credit/No Credit Policy
  • Review of Proposal to Amend SG 2.05.2
  • Review and Discussion of Presentations on Faculty/Staff Departures
  • Discussion on Possible Topics for Winter 2023 Faculty Forum
Please, feel free to reach out to your ECS or UAS representative from your College/University Libraries to provide input on any UAS agenda item that you may like to weigh in on.
Thank you for your continuous interest in faculty governance.
Felix N. Ngassa
Chair of ECS/UAS 2022-2023
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